Higher Perspective: Friends...
A friend is more than just a companion.
A friend is one who gives the benefit of the doubt, who listens with depth and compassion and non-judgement to our story, who remains approving even when they do not agree with a particular position.
A friend is one who is a mainstay of life, not only for what we get from them personally, but also for the opportunities they provide us to practice a more noble existence.
A friend is one who puts integrity, loyalty, and commitment to higher principles before self interests, who cares actively and non-exploitively for our welfare, who assumes our innocence, who applauds our desire to play big in life.
A friend is one who will see us at our worst, as well as at our best, whose love will not waiver when we have failed to show our most positive features.
A friend is one who will not close their heart when we have made a mistake, who will not criticize or condemn, one whom we can depend on to lend the resources of kindness and strength to help us get back up.
The conscious prayer is not "Lord, send me more friends", but rather, "Lord, make me a good friend."
Wow, it's super easy to say that. "Ohhh, friends don't judge, we all just kumbaya and keep it moving" sure, but what about when your friend is stuck in something toxic? Or their thinking is hurting themselves? A real friend doesn't just sit back. A real friend speaks the truth even when it's hard to hear. People love to talk about being "non-judgemental", but what you're talking about is a fucking fairy tale. Everyone judges. EVERYONE. And if you're thinking "not me", then you just lied to yourself. We judge to survive. Is that thing sharp or hot? Is this person going to stab me? Does that look okay to eat? Judgement is baked into what it means to be human and interpersonal relationships are not magically exempt from that. Do we need to make efforts not to project our own bullshit on other people? Sure. But more importantly we need to be focused on the truth, and who speaks it, not just "being nice and non-judgemental", because that's bullshit.
Ashley Ramos and Sheila Solis. The rawness and reality of your beautiful souls are rare and unique. There's not a day that goes by that I don't find myself asking, "What would they do to make this better?" I hope you're smiling and having fun regardless of where you both may currently be!~ <3
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